Originally Posted by ElCapitanAmerica
Their online live option is buggy, often pixelated and randomly puts commercials at the worst times.
And there's no excuse to show the women's gymnastics events so late in the day when so many children are looking forward to them. At every single event, we struggle to keep all the kids awake ... it's ridiculous.
30 different competitions involving 10,000+ athletes streamed live to millions of homes. It going to be buggy. And frankly, for most events there are no "good" times to put commercials. McD's isn't paying tens of millions to NBC to get shafted on the ad front. That's the price we, the viewers, pay for the access to all this content. I'm sorry you have trouble keeping your kids awake for the gymnastics events. That does suck, and they could do a better job of moving one of the glamor events earlier in the primetime broadcast. But hey, they're also thinking "it's summer, school's out, kids are up later, and the vast majority of the audience is adults anyway." And they have to deal with 4 time zones (not including AK and HI), so for every East Coaster complaining about late times, there's a West Coaster complaining about early times. It's a no win for NBC.
Originally Posted by Incognito
NO. NBC ARE EVILL.
But seriously. I only follow gymnastics every couple of years, and even I could figure that Gabby had a more than fighting chance for gold, especially since she beat Wieber during Trials. Plus any competent commentators would take notice Wieber's missed beam connections, and how they'd come back to bite her during international judging so, no, NBC doesn't get a pass there. Instead of essentially holding a funeral wake for Jordyn (perspective, much?) and bleating on about a rule that's actually benefited American gymnasts in the past, they could have highlighted the rest of the team. When the Jordyn vs. Gabby 'rivalry" fell apart, they had nothing prepared in the wings. Plus Aly Raisman wasn't near the dark horse many might have assumed.
The issue with NBC is that their whole strategy is to hype a couple of athletes to oblivion and ignore their teammates, which is fucking annoying. I think the only thing I don't know about Phelps at this point is his blood type. Cullen Jones won his first individual medal of his career, but no gold= no medal ceremony in NBC's minds.
And I feel bad for all the hate Lochte's getting this cycle. The guy is a total idiot, but he's harmless and hilarious. I don't blame him for trying to make a name for himself out of Phelps' shadow, and if he's much more vi sable this Olympics I say get that endorsement money, dude. By many accounts Phelps was quite the douche in Baltimore, but nobody gives a damn when he's making history and bringing home the gold.
Yes, Gabby won the trials, and everyone familiar with the US squad knew she had a chance to do well, but Wieber is the world champ and as thus was looked at as the favorite. Gabby Douglas was the youngest American competitor and no one knew how she would respond to the huge Olympic stage. NBC shouldn't even need a pass on that one. Once Gabby produced, she got her due. Broadcasters, CBS and ABC before, always hype up the "drama." That's how you get people who don't know a roundoff from a pike from their own ass to pay attention to sports that get little attention most years. Was the Wieber thing exploitative? Hells to the fuck yeah. Would anybody else cover it any differently? Hells to the fuck no.
NBC hypes more than a couple of athletes. We have a team of over 500 competitors. We have dozens of medal contenders, dozens of gold medal contenders. A guy like Cullen Jones isn't going to rate over Phelps, Lochte, Franklin, Soni, Hansen, or even Ledecky. Sucks for him but we have a hella deep swim team and one silver medal ain't going to get you much television time (which, in fact, he did - on NBC, MSNBC, and NBC Sports Network throughout the swimming competition; he even got a twenty minute segment detailing his near drowning as a youth, his push to get more young black kids to swim, and his Olympic experiences). While Phelps was busy partying his ass off and getting into minor trouble in Baltimore years ago, Lochte was dissing his ex, hinting at all the ass he was going to get at the Olympic Village, dissing Phelps, and walking around with a grill like it was 2002. Sorry, but he's not hilarious to me and Phelps is nowhere near his level of douche.
Look, what people have to realize is that Olympic coverage on NBC is the same thing you would get on ABC, CBS, ESPN, and much better than you would get on the Fox Networks. Is it perfect, no. Is it deserving of as much scorn as it's been getting...no.